Branch out and get connected with some of CBR most influential minds

Posted 17 Nov 2016

Story by CBR Canberra

Combine Canberra’s community vibe with its entrepreneurial and innovative prowess, and the result is an impressive range of networking groups throughout the city, encouraging business relationships and growth.

Interesting and informative on both a personal and professional level, each month regular networking nights are organised across a variety of industry sectors.

Here are some of the top networking groups to be a part of.

Canberra Business Chamber

The Canberra Business Chamber connects more than 5,000 businesses with over 100,000 affiliated industry and association groups.

Canberra Business Chamber members are diverse, representing every facet of industry and commerce across the region. The Chamber provides networking opportunities with likeminded individuals who are passionate in the promotion of our economic and business development.

The strong relationship with both the Federal and Local Government allows the Chamber to act as a facilitator, providing access and constructive input to current and emerging policy issues.

BNI Australia

BNI Australia is a fast-growing business referral group focusing on helping members succeed in their profession and industry. BNI helps businesses gain new clients by allowing members to grow their networks. Members include owners, executives and other representatives of all types and sizes of business.

BNI provides a positive, supportive, and structured environment for the development and exchange of quality business referrals. And it does so by helping you build relationships with dozens of other qualified business professionals.

Canberra Women in Business

Founded in 1992, Canberra Women in Business (formerly the Chamber of Women in Business) is an organisation created by women and run solely for women, to provide support and development opportunities for businesswomen in the Canberra region.

Developing business skills, offering powerful connections in an environment tailored to the needs of women, Canberra Women in Business fosters the confidence to establish and grow successful businesses.

The backgrounds of the group members largely differ. Whilst some run their own small business or work for small firms, others work for larger corporations and the government.

First Wednesday Connect

Run by the Canberra Innovation Network, First Wednesday Connect is a vibrant community of innovative business people, creators and entrepreneurs in Canberra that meet for an after-work drink on the first Wednesday of every month.

The nights include short pitches, a surprise guest speaker and drinks. It is open to all business people, innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, students and investors interested in innovation and entrepreneurship.

National Association for the Visual Arts

The National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) is the Australian national peak industry body representing and advancing the professional interests of the visual and media arts, craft and design sector.

NAVA actively supports and affirms the value of artists and the Australian art sector by: leading critical dialogue and debate; informing policy priorities through research and consultation; and providing pathways for professional development and partnerships, with artists at the heart of everything we do.

NAVA also provides direct services to its members and the sector by offering industry advice, referrals, resources, professional representation and development, grant programs, education training courses and events, and a range of other opportunity brokerage and career development services.

Network of Possibility

The Network of Possibility is for professionals who want to give back to the community. So many professionals want to make a difference in the world, to do work with meaning and purpose, yet find themselves in roles or directions that aren’t fulfilling.

The Network of Possibility empowers people to shine so they can make the world a better place through work they love. The group encourages you to share defeats as well as triumphs, and find advice and assistance as well as social connection and encouragement.


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